Jenny chose to take up an apprenticeship in Aerospace Engineering because it looked like an exciting and varied programme. Describing her decision to join the BAE Systems apprenticeship scheme as the “best career choice” she could have made, Jenny has had the opportunity to work on different projects within the Company’s various businesses which has helped her develop both academically and professionally.
Jenny said: “I feel really privileged to have been selected as one of the Women in Engineering Society’s Top 50 Women in Engineering for 2019. I have had a fantastic 12 years so far with BAE Systems, starting as an engineering apprentice, working and progressing upwards to where I am now – it’s really nice to be recognised in this way.
I feel really privileged to have been selected as one of the WES Top 50 Women in Engineering for 2019. I’ve had a fantastic 12 years so far with BAE Systems, starting as an engineering apprentice and working my way up to where I am now. It’s really nice to be recognised in this way.
Jenny Manning, Engineering Team Leader
“The award really highlights how well the company supports and develops the next generation of engineers, especially those coming in from Apprenticeship routes. BAE Systems is made up of some really inspirational engineers, both male and female – and as an apprentice going through training, I was lucky to have been exposed to first class academic and practical on the job training provided by these engineers.”
Having been surrounded by inspirational women throughout her career Jenny is keen to use her experience to inspire young people to consider a career in engineering.
“Since being an apprentice I have always been a BAE Systems education and STEM ambassador – promoting STEM based subjects as well as apprenticeships as valuable and credible career routes. Now 12 years on, it’s really rewarding to see some younger people I have talked to over the years join the company as apprentices and graduates.”